SPARTANBURG, S.C. - In an effort to bring a shining light to those who help transform the Converse College student-athletes into competitors on and off the playing surface, the Valkyries Athletic Department has started a series of articles that will take a deeper look into what made these coaches who they are. This week's addition will feature Amy Bomar, head volleyball coach.
Bomar started playing competitively at the age of 8 and fell in love with the game from the onset. "When I was playing volleyball nothing else in the world mattered to me. It was always an outlet for me," she explained.
Growing up, Bomar and her siblings were encouraged by their parents to be involved in sports. "Volleyball was the one sport that we all loved and played as long as we could," said Bomar. "I grew up a gym rat and fell in love with the game. If I wasn't at my own practices or tournaments, I went with my siblings to their respective tournaments/practices."
Amy Bomar will enter her fourth season as head coach of the Converse Volleyball program for the 2019-20 season after being hired March of 2016.
Bomar helped aid in the coaching of Sydney Allen, who finished fifth in Conference Carolinas with 437 digs and first among all freshmen. Allen also ranked second for the season with 5.14 digs per set during the 2017-18 campaign.
Amy Bomar comes to Converse after spending a season as an assistant at Division I Presbyterian College. Bomar spent one season as an assistant at Wofford College after serving as an assistant at Davis & Elkins College.
At PC she worked in all facets of the game, on and off the court, helping setter Sara Rogers finish in the top 10 in the Big South Conference in assists and Mikayla Register finish eight in digs, while handling travel and video exchange.
While at Wofford, Bomar worked primarily with setters. In her first season on staff, she coached freshman setter Molly Mayo to a Southern Conference All-Freshman Team selection. Mayo totaled 1,272 assists and averaged 10.78 assists per set, ranking second and third, respectively, in school history for a single season. Mayo ended the year No. 44 in the NCAA in total assists and No. 51 in assists per set. Bomar also helped the freshman setter earn a SoCon Freshman of the Week honor after posting a season-high 69 assists in a five-set win over William & Mary, which was one shy of the program's single-match record.
Bomar played her collegiate career at Charleston Southern University where she was named to numerous all-tournament teams during her career at CSU and was captain of the team her senior year. She currently ranks in the top ten in four different categories held in the CSU record books.
Following her senior year, Bomar received an offer to play professional volleyball, and played in both Finland and Sweden, where she was named team captain, before she had a season ending injury that brought her back to South Carolina to finish her teaching degree.
Bomar still enjoys playing the game, competing in the USAV Adult Nationals the past two years, bringing home a 5th-place finish in 2019.
Bomar graduated from Charleston Southern University with a degree in physical education and kinesiology in 2013. Bomar has been in the club circuit for seven years, beginning with her coaching career at Charleston Juniors while playing at CSU.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Bomar resides in the Spartanburg area with her husband and their daughter Jaxen Charlotte.